Solar Powered Hospital and University Building in Helmand

24 May 2017

Mercy Corps has piloted a Build-Operate-Lease-Transfer of Ownership (BOLTO) model on a 60kWh off-grid solar PV hybrid system to power a university campus and hospital in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. With pre-financing from DFID, Mercy Corps was able to provide patient funds for the capital investment needed to install the system composed of solar panels, battery and remote monitoring system. The project has demonstrated the business model viability in this fragile market, and Mercy Corps is planning to reinvest the loan capital into additional renewable energy initiatives.

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